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Combat Bulletin #39 Incendiary Bombing Tests, etc., 1945


Published January 1945


Combat Bulletin #39 "Incendiary Bombing Tests, etc., 1945." Combat activities in early January, 1945.
Title cards:
  • Mediterranean: Island Airport In Axis Waters
  • U.S.A.: Experimental Activities Of  AAF
  • India-Burma: Ledo-Burma Road
  • E.T.O: Field Problems Of Western Front
  • M24 Tank
  • Modifications Of M-4 Tank
  • Pacific: Single-Plane Borneo Attacks

National Archives description: "Part 1 (SFR only), clusters of incendiary bombs are dropped in tests in India. Part 1 (CB only), U.S. planes are repaired by Yugoslav patriots. Crews sightsee. Part 2 (CB part 3) shows Stilwell Road construction: trees are felled, rock is blasted, and a bridge is built. Part 3 (SFR only), Amb. Hurley presents credentials to Chiang Kai-shek in Chungking (Jan. 8). Chinese troops deplane from U.S. transports near the city. Part 4 (CB part 5, reel 2) introduces the M-24 tank and its modifications and distinguishes it from the M-5 and a similar German tank. Part 5 (CB part 4, reel 2), U.S. troops use a German 20-mm machine gun; bazooka shells are used to blow up road blocks; a "Weasel" lays telephone wire over rough terrain; (Reel 2) a soldier-tailor makes snow camouflage suits that are worn by troops in France; and (SFR only) troops in France operate a flamethrower, practice assault techniques, and fire a new bazooka rocket. Part 6 (SFR only), a model is used to study the flooding effects of destroying German dams. Part 7 (CB part 6), Labaun, Borneo, is bombed and strafed in two lone attacks by 13th AAF planes. Part 8 (CB part 2) demonstrates the effect of bullet penetration of old and new-style oxygen tanks. Part 9 (CB part 2) shows wind tunnel and flight tests of a buzz bomb.


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Run time 14 minutes 37 seconds
Producer United States. Army
Audio/Visual sound, black & white
Language English

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